Canoeing offers something for everyone, from calm steady paced touring on canal and placid waters to competitive sprint racing and facing the challenge of racing down white water. From exploring fantastic coastal scenery by sea kayak to performing the ultimate playboat moves while ‘playing’ and ‘shredding’ the river. Canoeing offers something for everyone young or old.
Canoeing can offer a relaxing, once or twice a year tour on a local canal, an adventurous trip, or expedition on the thousands of miles of waterways in the United Kingdom and the Continent. An interest in Canoeing can be an all consuming hobby, exciting, challenging and testing on white water, on the sea or through the numerous competitive sports. Choose the level of challenge to suit. Canoe for enjoyment, to keep fit or, if you have kids, paddle as a family and enjoy the experience together.
The British Canoe Union, as governing body of Canoeing, has an established range of specialist committees to help promote and inform on aspects of their Sports specialism’s. We also promote a large network of competitive events offering the chance to take part in ‘Taster Events’ and perhaps even the real chance to represent your country.
The calendars listed below provide a comprehensive list of National and Major International events, Individual Sport Calendars can be found via the competition heading on the left. If you notice any errors or wish to add an event to these lists, please contact Andy Goodsell, BCU Competition Manager - Email
Sports Satisfaction Survey
In 2009 Ipsos MORI aim to contact over 900 paddlers to take part in an on line questionnaire. This is the first survey of its kind in the UK and the following tells you a bit more about it.
We urge anyone who is contacted to take part in the survey to help build a picture for canoeing and what is important to our paddlers. If you do take part, Ipsos MORI will send you an exclusive preview of the headline results, so you will be able to see what people really think about canoeing. More>
GB Canoeing - Calendars - 2010 to 2013
GB - Major Events Calendar
Canoe England - Club and Coach Calendar
British Canoe Union - Competition Event Insurance Form
Liability insurance for non BCU members
While many canoeists may not be interested in competition at any level one common theme of all types of Paddlesport is that your enjoyment will increase as your skill level increases.
To find out more about the various paddlesport disciplines or to make contact with the various discipline committees check out the discipline headings on the left.
Great Britain Medal Successes
2009 Medal Winners
2008 Medal Winners
2007 Medal Winners
2006 Medal Winners
2005 Medal Winners
ICF - YouTube Channel
The ICF has set up a YouTube channel and are seeking additional content to promote the sport of Canoeing - Please visit the ICF - YouTube channel
If you would like to know how your performance is measuring up and improving visit the coaching pages.